The MSc in Mathematics degree usually takes two years to complete following an Honours degree, or similar qualification. It is a research degree examined principally by a dissertation. An individual programme is designed for each MSc student in consultation with their research supervisor. The programme will involve selected courses and reading in the first year of study, followed by a period when the thesis is prepared.
The PhD is a research degree, undertaken by candidates who hold an MSc or similar qualification. The PhD is awarded on the basis of original research presented in a thesis with the view to publication in international journals. Such research students are guided by a research supervisor and are usually actively involved in the research and teaching activities of the department.
For a Masters in Mathematics a suitable Honours degree is required and the applicant needs to identify, approach and secure a supervisor before the application to Stellenbosch is made. The name of the supervisor must be entered on the application form.
Graduates work with academics in a research speciality. The various research groups offer several activities which give colour and life to mathematics at Stellenbosch. These include:
Weekly research seminars, presented by members of research groups.
Special lecture series, presented by internationally acclaimed experts.
Colloquia, for broadening mathematical knowledge.
National and international conferences, for example, a biannual International Conference on Arithmetic Geometry and Related Areas.
Regular specialized thematic workshops.
For more information on the research groups, please click here.